In the newest trailer for the upcoming Showtime Drama, “I’m Dying Up Here,” Melissa Leo – playing Goldie, the owner of the comedy club the drama’s set in – declares that “I nurse these kids! They latch on, and they don’t let go until I tell them when.” The aforementioned kids make up a large ensemble that includes guest actors like Sebastian Stan to Alfred Molina.
Based on William Knoedelseder’s best-selling book of the same name, “I’m Dying Up Here” follows a group of close-knit comedians in the LA comedy club scene, vying for a chance at stardom. For these comedians, stardom equates to getting a coveted spot on Johnny Carson, who in this iteration is portrayed by Dylan Baker.
With a heavy dose of drama in this comedy-drama, “I’m Dying Up Here” takes a jab at the dark side of making people laugh, questioning whether the lust for fame is ultimately a poison. With the no-nonsense Goldie leading her group of young comedians to what she assures them is success, the young folk face the cold reality that not all of them may reach this end goal.
The latest trailer celebrates a comedian’s relationship with their art and their audience. “You’re alchemists. You create pleasure from pain.” In a comedy scene that created such legends as Robin Williams and Jay Leno, this upcoming series promises a glimpse beyond excessive sideburns and glamorous wigs.
“I’m Dying Up Here” kicks off Showtime’s summer line-up, with a June 4 premiere at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Check out the trailer below.